First Bites Bash Kicks Off Chicago Restaurant Week

First Bites Bash previews Chicago Restaurant Week, back for its sixth year

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    A great meal starts with an incredible first bite, and that's never been more true in Chicago.

    First Bites Bash once again kicks off Chicago Restaurant Week, back for its sixth year with 10 days of featured menus from more than 250 restaurants across the area.

    First Look at First Bites

    [CHI] First Look at First Bites
    50 of Chicago's most celebrated chefs are getting together for one night only. The First Bites Bash kicks off Restaurant Week. Chef Dirk Flanigan has details. (Published Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013)

    First Bites previews the week-long local food celebration with tasting portions from 50-plus participating restaurants from 6-9 p.m. Jan. 24 at Union Station. Join Dirk Flanigan, executive chef of The Gage and Henri, hosts the kick-off party.

    It all leads to Restaurant Week, Feb. 1 through Feb. 10, featuring prix fixe menus starting at $22 for lunch and $33/$44 for dinner, excluding beverages, tax and gratuity. Twenty-five new restaurants signed up to participate this year, including Balsan, bellyQ, Dragon Ranch Moonshine & BBQ, Frontier and Nellcote.

    For a complete list of restaurants and to make reservations, check out

    For tickets to First Bites 2013, visit

    A portion of First Bites' proceeds will benefit the Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation.